In just three days, Motown the Musical will open on Broadway. Already tickets have been selling quick, and for the month of April, the musical is just outside of TicketNetwork.com's top 10 best-selling theater acts at number 11. (It beat out shows like Annie and Billy Elliot.) It's no secret why — Berry Gordy, Jr., who founded the record company in 1960, was a bit of a musical genius. He helped launch the careers of artists like The Temptations, The Supremes, and Jackson 5. When the show opens April 14, it'll feature a huge, huge soundtrack. So here are my top picks for the best 10 songs from the classic Motown era — AKA the most difficult list I've ever had to make in my life because there were so many songs that deserved to be there.
10. Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Midnight Train to Georgia"
9. Stevie Wonder, "Superstition"
8. Ben E. King, "Stand By Me"
6. The Supremes, "Baby Love"
5. The Foundations, "Build Me Up Buttercup"
4. The Temptations, "My Girl"
3. Marvin Gaye, "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough"
2. Aretha Franklin, "Respect"
1. Jackson 5, "ABC"
Runners up: Martha & The Vandellas, "Dancing in the Street"; Four Tops, "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch); The Contours, "Do You Love Me"; Smokey Robinson & The Miracles "You Really Got a Hold On Me"
Which classic Motown songs are your favorite? And are you looking forward to Motown the Musical on Broadway?